St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

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Chronicling the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people, St Fagans National Museum of History consists of more than 40 recreated buildings taken from various locations in Wales. Located on the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house, this open-air museum welcomed its first visitors in 1948. The site, modeled after an outdoor museum situated in Stockholm, includes a Unitarian chapel, village schoolhouse, tollbooth, pigsty, and tannery. Holding permanent displays of traditional crafts, the museum also features a working blacksmith’s forge, pottery shop, mill, and clog maker’s shop. Drop by the site’s small farm, which concentrates on preserving native breeds of livestock, to peruse the fresh produce available for sale. Our Cardiff travel itinerary planner makes visiting St Fagans National Museum of History and other Cardiff attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 21, 2017
    A free day out which I would happily pay for!! We have been coming here for years and years as a family and visit at least once a year  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    St Fagan's Museum is well worth a visit to help get the feel for the Welsh past. Its living history is much more interesting than my previous expereince of museums.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Have visited here a few times and it never ceases to amaze. A great day out for families, lots of picnic space and even on a busy summer Saturday there were quiet spots. Lovely walks through leafy pat...  more »
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  • Fantastic place for a free day out. We paid £5 for parking (take some change) you can go to the booth but it may be some distance from your car. Plenty places to sit for a picnic and enjoy the history with staff who are very approachable and friendly. Comfy shoes are a must. We visited the craft stalls and made use of the fair grounds. Loads of fun.... enjoy
  • Very highly recommended! Enormous free outdoor museum filled with loads of historic houses and buildings ranging in date from the Iron Age to post-war. Lots of very helpful and friendly bilingual (English & Welsh) staff to explain the exhibits. Car park cost £5, and the tractor train was 60p a stop per person, fun-fair rides also had a small cost - but this is still great value for a free museum. Looked like there were lots of new developments in progress, and we only saw a fraction of the whole site in this leisurely afternoon visit.
  • Great on a lovely spring/summer day. Lots to see and the little old fashioned fair is great fun. Kids have some fun things to do too (fair, little pedal tractor area).You can take the dog (on a lead). You need to be a decent walker to cover it all in a day ( but if you just do half of it in a day, then it's a good excuse to back again another day!) Not so great on a rainy day as it's more or less all outdoors but highly recommended as a day out in the sunshine.
  • Great place to browse the history. So much to see. Toilet facilities are very well provided. There are fun rides for little ones too. Great day out on a summer day.
  • Anyone who grew up in Wales will remember this place as part of their childhood from the many school trips here. I think this place isn't just beautiful in the summer but beautiful at all times of the year. You have the historic side of it where you will learn about the history of Wales. And then the gardens the surrounds the mansion of saint fagans. Luckily I have moved to an area in Cardiff that is a short walk from here and come here time to time for a stroll or to walk my dog. Would recommend this place to anyone.

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